A cursory search of the best places to eat in Wilmington, North Carolina will most likely direct you straight to the River Front.
But there is a lot more this city has to offer. Avoid the chain restaurants and enjoy the local flavors of Wilmington, from appetizers to desserts.
Here are some of the local favorites for best places to eat in Wilmington, NC:
34 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC
As a modern Mexican restaurant, the tacos are the stars of their menu. And, of course, it lives up to its name with 30 craft beers to choose from.
224 S. Water St., Wilmington, NC
Reminiscent of Parisian café’s, Le Catalan offers casual French cuisine and vino by the glass. Enjoy your meal in their quaint wine bar or on their riverside patio.
7210 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington, NC
Raised in Panama, the owner and his wife bring authentic Panamanian food to Wilmington. The ceviche is clearly a must, but they’re also well-known for their tapas.
109 Chestnut St., Wilmington, NC
Located in historic downtown Wilmington, the atmosphere matches the history surrounding this small restaurant. A favorite place to get an appetizer and cold beer.
Every list of Good Eats needs to include a good old-fashioned diner. The Dixie Grill is the diner that makes the list for the best places to eat in Wilmington NC.
12 Dock St. Wilmington, NC
Not exactly a well-kept secret, Dock Street Oyster Bar lures locals and tourists alike. For the last 20 years in a row, local diners have voted them Best Oysters in Wilmington.
4002 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC
With the motto “Hot, Fast, Cheap, and Easy,” what’s not to love about Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn. A bit quirky and a lot delicious, Flaming Amy’s has been slinging burritos and other Mexican cuisines for twenty years.
122 Market St. Wilmington, NC
Fork N Cork is known for elevating simple cuisine to a whole new level of tastiness. Their menu items include Rattlesnake Bites, Hay Dios Mio , Duck Duck Goose, and Gravlax— is your curiosity making you salivate yet?
138 S. Front St. Wilmington, NC
The Little Dipper offers a unique, interactive experience for their patrons. They brilliant pair meats, seafood, vegetables, and breads with homemade sauces and hot melted cheese.
260 Racine Dr., Wilmington, NC
105 S. Front St., Wilmington NC
So good it needs two locations, the Peppered Cupcake is known for (you guessed it) peppered cupcakes. Their other delicious cupcake creations range from sweet to savory.
1620 South College Rd., Wilmington, NC
With lots of traditional and modern Indian food to choose from their menu, Tandoori Bites has become a local favorite. They also have a fantastic lunch buffet.
This donut shop almost has as many awards as they do donuts. Winning the Donut Showdown on the Cooking Channel has boosted them to stardom, but they’re still serving the locals their favorite morning indulgence.
If you find yourself saying, “I just want a good burger,” then Winnie’s Tavern is the place to go. They have been serving good ol’ American cheeseburgers, fries, and onion rings since 1962.